Fall Posts

Harvester Laying Eggs on the Alder by , Ranger

August 28th, 2014

After complaining (mildly) about not being able to locate adult harvester butterflies in the vicinity of an alder on the north side of the Wetlands, which has plenty of woolly aphids and caterpillars munching on them, I spotted one. I was getting ready to make the rounds at the end of the day when I […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Harvesters Have Arrived! by , Ranger

August 27th, 2014

The caterpillar in the above photo was about 5 – 6 mm in length when the photo was taken. Those are aphids, in various stages of developement, on either side of the caterpillar. Ever since spotting the woolly aphids on an alder on the north side of the Wetlands I’ve been watching for harvester caterpillars […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Coop by , Ranger

December 9th, 2013

As I drove the golf cart along the path through Catch the Wind towards Explore the Wild I saw Ranger Rock standing on the side of the path intently¬†staring at something in the upper swamp, a small wooded swamp on the northeast side of the campus. I parked the vehicle and quietly walked towards Rock. […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Warm and Wet by , Ranger

December 6th, 2013

The past few days have been rather warm and humid, if not rainy. That will all change soon, there’s colder air moving our way. But until that cold front rolls over us, enjoy the warmth as some of our wildlife has been. I don’t think the warmer weather matters very much to the mergansers, as […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Who will you choose? by , Ranger

December 2nd, 2013

What are the three mergansers in the above photo up to, and why does the one on the right look as though he’s about to charge at the others? They’re engaged in a pair-bonding display, a competition of sorts.¬†They’re trying to win the praise of a female merganser off to the side (just out of […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Lemurs by , Ranger

November 27th, 2013

Every so often I get the urge to photograph some of the exhibit animals here at the Museum. The subject of the current compulsive episode is Ring-tailed Lemurs. Besides the long and bushy ringed tail, there’s little doubt that the attraction to these animals is their inquisitive nature and, well, have a look at those […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Photo Ops by , Ranger

November 25th, 2013

There are many opportunities to capture interesting photogrpaphic images while on a walk around Explore the Wild and Catch the Wind. Timing and luck play their parts, and of course the amount of time one spends on the outdoor loop here at the Museum helps expose one to more opportunities, but one thing is for […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Annual Creeper Shot by , Ranger

November 22nd, 2013

Each year, I get at least one crack at a photo of a Brown Creeper, sometimes two. Most of the shots I manage to get of the stiff-tailed little birds are out of focus or too far away to tell what the bird is. The birds don’t sit still for long and their method of […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Orange by , Ranger

November 20th, 2013

My intention here was to post pictures of fall colors and title it so. The overriding theme, however, is orange. Each photo contains orange hues, your eye is drawn to that color. Until next time … Read the rest of this entry »

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Lost Dinner by , Ranger

November 18th, 2013

As I walked down the boardwalk into Explore the Wild, I noticed nine or so mergansers fishing for bullfrog tadpoles next to the boardwalk at the point where in goes to pavement. One of the birds was violently shaking something in its bill. I thought it a tadpole and tried to capture an image of […] Read the rest of this entry »

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